The Rheingau wine region, located in the state of Hesse in western Germany, is one of the most famous wine regions in the country. The region's vineyards are planted on the slopes of the Rhine, which has a moderating influence on the climate, allowing for a longer growing season and producing some of Germany's most iconic wines.
The Rheingau region is best known for its white wines, of which the most famous grape variety is Riesling. Rheingau Riesling wines are typically medium to full-bodied, with lively acidity and flavors of peach, apricot and citrus. The region also produces other white grape varieties, such as pinot blanc and chardonnay.
The Rheingau region is also known for its red wines, especially those made from the Pinot Noir grape variety. Rheingau Pinot Noir wines are typically medium to full-bodied, with flavors of cherry, raspberry and a hint of spice.
Rheingau wines can be classified according to their level of maturity, with the most common levels being Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese and Beerenauslese. These wines vary in sweetness, with Kabinett being the driest and Beerenauslese being the sweetest.